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Fighting Sleep Apnea by Losing the Weight

It’s something that inflicts tens of thousands of people across the country. It keeps them from sleeping full, nourishing nights. Perhaps you have this problem – sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea can be a problem for you and loved ones.
Sleep apnea can be a problem for you and loved ones.

Sleep apnea is not specific to overweight individuals, but the rate at which obese people suffer through chronic sleep apnea is much higher than those who carry significantly less fat. The consequences of sleep apnea are general tiredness, headaches, loss of memory, and in some cases depression. From a social perspective it causes loud and oftentimes obtrusive snoring habits.

Other, more severe risks associated with sleep apnea are heightened blood pressure and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. In an obese patient these problems could potentially already exist, meaning the lack of quality air flow, and subsequently the amount of oxygen delivered to the blood, during sleep can result in very serious, life threatening conditions.

How do we try to fight sleep apnea? Well one way is to relieve some of the pressure applied to the neck and chest area by excess fat. Bariatric surgery has been proven to be an effective mode of large scale weight loss. Lap band surgery and gastric bypass can all greatly increase the chances of sleep apnea receding.

Studies show that snoring associated with sleep apnea was greatly reduced only a few months after surgery, and 85% of patients who needed a CPAP machine to aid in nighttime breathing were symptom free without the use of the machine.

So if obesity seems to be prolonging your bout with sleep apnea why not consult with a bariatric surgeon to see if losing the weight in a healthy manner might be just the thing to get you back to sleeping undisturbed for longer, leaving you more energetic and refreshed than you may have felt in years. Call our office at (516) 616-5500, or if you prefer, click on “Live Chat” in the upper left corner of your screen to have a conversation now.

 



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What our patients are saying

“The staff and doctors at the New York Bariatric Group are amazing! They are always patient, helpful, and very understanding and pro-active with questions, problems, etc. After Lap Band surgery I feel fantastic. For the last 6 years I have not had to worry if my clothes would fit. I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and have so much more energy.”

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"Dr. Holover has a great personality, I love him, I consider him a good friend, and I recommend him to everyone. He and his staff are amazing. I thought my recovery would be worse, but it wasn’t. It was great. After a couple of days I was back on my feet and going, with three boys you don’t have time to be down. Now, my kids have to keep up with me!"

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"My results are incredible; I can go to any store and find clothes that fit, I don’t have to go to the big and tall store anymore. My family and friends say I look great, but more so are so happy about my health. Definitely go for it, it is well worth it."

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"My recovery was very easy, I started moving around pretty quick because the nurses had me up and about. Dr. Angstadt has a great bedside manner, a cheerful disposition and is very knowledgeable. He was genuinely concerned for me, he answered all of my questions and put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier, I think it is the best decision I ever made."

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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